Masking God’s beauty
Rev. Douglas Pierce, Lake Jennie Evangelical Covenant Church, Dassel
In the Bible, Psalm 19: verses 1-4, we hear these wonderful words, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”
This glorious passage tells of the beauty of God’s creation and the way that in His creation, God makes himself visible to us, His people.
I have seen full evidence of this these past two weeks, as I have been on vacation. I have seen majestic mountains, beautiful alpine lakes, and had the opportunity to drive through the lushness of a Puget Sound Island. I saw wonderful beauty on this trip and as it always does, it reminded me of the glory of God.
However, I also saw on this trip some places where the beauty had been marred by the negligence or the greed of man. It is not my intent to write an environmental polemic and discuss the rightness or wrongness of any particular project or action, but I just want to observe that there were places where the majesty of God in nature had been obscured by the works of man.
I will also freely admit that there were places where the beauty of God’s creation had been if not enhanced, at least made available through the work of man. But my fundamental observation is that man has the ability to obscure the revelation of God in his creation.
This led me to realize that the situation in our own lives is not too different from the situation in nature.
God has created us and given us a privileged place in His creation, and His intent is that we, too, should declare His glory and wonder to the world. Yet just as man can sully the beauty of God’s creation, so, too, can sin sully our ability to reflect God’s glory.
This is true both for those who have not yet come to the Lord, and pursue their own agendas, but also for many believers who still let sin rule in part of their lives and thus obscure the work that God is seeking to do in them.
Just as we can look at the glory of God’s creation and see God at work in it, we should also be able to look at God’s people and see Him at work in them. This is achieved not by our effort and hard works, but rather, by giving ourselves fully to Him so that His light may shine through us.
We know when we see people who are letting God shine through them. Their lives reflect His glory and love brighter than the most compelling mountain vista or beautiful sunrise.
As it says in Matthew 13: verse 43, “Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.”
What a good reminder for us of whom we should seek to be in the kingdom of God.